It's showtime for South Gloucestershire
MORE than 25,000 visitors are expected to experience the new attractions and returning favourites at this year’s South Gloucestershire Show.
The show, which this year takes place on August 3 and 4, promises to be a weekend of memorable experiences and fun for all the family.
For the very first time there will be livestock classes in the NFU Livestock Area, with hundreds of cattle, sheep and pigs competing for winners’ rosettes. Both afternoons will feature a grand parade of livestock in the Gregor Heating main arena.
On Saturday August 3 there will be a new dog village, with dog activities, scent work and agility runs open to visitors and their pets. A fun dog show will help to raise funds for the Friends of South Glos Strays. On the following day the area will become a tartan village, hosting the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. After the London and South of England Branch of the RSPBA realised that here were no competitions for pipe bands in the South West, they joined forces with the show’s organisers to stage one. Hundreds of pipers and drummers will take part.
Firm favourite Flyin Ryan, pictured above, returns to the main arena this year to perform his renowned motorcycle stunts; jumps over vehicles, wheelies, freestyle jumps and a pyrotechnic finale. There will be a sheepdog display with Thomas Longton, exhibiting the skill and dedication of the working dog. Wings of Wales are also making a comeback with their beautiful birds. In the Sprint Print RMX Arena there will be a BMX team showing off their tricks.
For families with younger children, there is a kids’ zone with entertainment, including the Banana Brain Fun Show. For teenagers and adults there will be a music festival with local bands playing.
Event sponsors John Lewis will host professional talks on fashion and style, new to the show this year.
The show’s chosen charity is once again Jessie May, which supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families in South Gloucestershire and beyond. It will have its own stall dedicated to raising funds through activities and games. All profits from the VIP area are donated to Jessie May, and visitors can upgrade their tickets to gain access.
Some 250 exhibitors will be selling their wares, with a whole area dedicated to food and another to health and well-being.
The show opens at 10.30am on both days, with main arena events running until 5pm and music until 8pm, at the South Glos Showground, Westerleigh, BS37 8QZ.
For ticket prices, deals and more information visit the show's website.